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Environmental, Consumer Groups Unite in Asking Supreme Court to Hear Demand Response Case

February 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Demand Response and the Supreme Court

Earlier this week, EDF, along with 11 other environmental and consumer groups, joined forces in asking the Supreme Court to hear an important case involving an energy resource that saves families and businesses money, improves electric grid reliability, and reduces carbon emissions: demand response.[read more]

Another Step Forward for Demand Response: The Case of FERC Order 745

January 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC and the Supreme Court

FERC Order 745 is a vital federal rule on demand response, which relies on people and technology, not power plants, to manage stress on the electric grid during periods of peak energy demand. But this critical energy management tool has also been subject to an amazing amount of scrutiny.[read more]

Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

The Supreme Court's Hidden Climate Agenda

December 29, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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If you had to decide which air pollutant to regulate from the nation’s fleet of existing power plants: mercury - a toxic substance that adversely affects human health - or carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas that many scientists believe is contributing to climate change—which would you choose?[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

A Victory for Cleaner Fuels

July 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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On June 30, 2014, the last day of the term, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the oil companies' and ethanol manufacturers' appeals in the California low carbon fuel standard case. This is a step forward in California's fight to clean up motor vehicle fuel sold in the state.[read more]

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Greenhouse Gas Rules: What It Means for the U.S. Climate Agenda

June 25, 2014 by James Coleman

​In their recent ruling Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the United States’ first regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. This is the first Supreme Court decision on EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases from industrial sources.[read more]

EPA Proposes New Power Plant Emissions Standards

June 8, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

EPA Plant Standards

In the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had authority and obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The decision also required the EPA to regulate these gasses unless it could provide a specific scientific basis for refusing such action.[read more]

What Will the Supreme Court's Latest Climate-Change Case Mean?

May 19, 2014 by David Doniger

The Supreme Court will soon decide its third case on climate-changing carbon pollution in the last seven years. The earlier cases clearly established the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards under the Clean Air Act to curb carbon pollution from both vehicles and factories.[read more]

The Supreme Court's Air Pollution Decision Is Wrong, But Don't Blame The Court

May 2, 2014 by Brian H. Potts
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The Obama administration’s war on coal scored a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Six of the Court’s nine justices went out of their way to uphold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s far-reaching Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.[read more]

Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

February 26, 2014 by James Coleman
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On Monday, February 24, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for stationary industrial sources of greenhouse gases.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Standards and Permits: What's the Difference?

October 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

A lot of people were confused by the Supreme Court’s decision to review one narrow aspect of EPA’s carbon pollution regulations. Some reporters got it right, but others got mixed up by the spin and swirl of certain Washington lawyers on the losing side.[read more]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

October 17, 2013 by David Doniger

The Supreme Court recently rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block the EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. The Court’s ruling partially clears the way for EPA to issue pollution standards.[read more]

Does The Supreme Court's Health Care Decision Augur a Rollback of Environmental Laws?

July 18, 2012 by Eric Christensen

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Since last month's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") individual health insurance mandate (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius), the legal blogosphere has been atwitter with speculation that the ruling portends a significant rollback of environmental laws. We believe this...[read more]